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Storybook Aesthetic: Drawings by Lawrie Dignan


A pen and ink drawing on the Oyama countryside in British ColumbiaOyama Looking North, pen and ink on paper

Lawrie Dignan is a Canadian artist who works primarily in pen and ink. He’s also our featured artist today! Lawrie got his start working as a technical draftsman in British Columbia before embarking on his artistic career.

 

An abstract pen and ink drawing of many coloured circled of different sizesThe Beginning, pen and ink on paper

A screen capture of the Art Cards gallery on Lawrie Dignan's websiteLawrie's Art Cards Gallery

In much of his work, the artist’s drafting background is quite visible. Though his works are often…

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Unearthed Ruins: Art and Design by Shoko César


A small, unfired clay sculpture of a nude male figureUntitled, live clay model

Shoko César is our featured artist today! Shoko is a sculptor and designer. The artist’s sculptural works are often crudely rendered in clay, lending them the appearance of unearthed ruins of an ancient city, or simply very weathered outdoor statues. They tend to depict human figures and are proportionally accurate while focusing more on the gesture and essence of the figure than on fine formal detail.  

 

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Gothic Cartoon Sensibility: Art by Zara Spence


A pin-up style drawing of a woman wearing poison ivyPoison Ivy,  coloured pencil

Today let’s look at the artwork of Zara Spence, a painter and illustrator who specializes in highly stylized figurative works in acrylic and coloured pencil. The artist does caricature-style commissioned portraits as well as original works of her own design.

 

A triptych of paintings, each featuring a woman dressed as a sweet treatThree Sweet  Ladies

Zara’s works depict human, often female figures drawn with large anime-style eyes and a dark, gothic cartoon sensibility.…

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Studio Sunday: Chris Johanson


A photo of Chris Johanson at work in his studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is Chris Johanson. Johanson is based in California and known for his simplified, sketchy street art and painting style. He began his artistic career in his early twenties after moving to San Francisco, where he became a part of a larger group of young street artists.

 

The above image of Johanson’s studio depicts the space as a long, rather narrow room that has few windows but seems well lit all…

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Studio Sunday: Elizabeth Peyton


A close-up photo of Elizabeth Peyton's desk in her studio

 

It’s Studio Sunday! Let’s take a look inside the cute studio of Elizabeth Peyton. Peyton is an American artist, best known for painting portraits of friends and family members as well as celebrities and European royalty. Her small studio is located in New York.

 

The artist’s work desk is furnished with paintbrush holders, a tiny easel and a record player. Having a record player right next to one’s work desk like this seems…

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Nature and the Man-Made: Art by Belinda Harrow


A painting of a flock of birds circling several security camerasCyan Flap, acrylic on birch

Our featured artist today is Belinda Harrow! Belinda works in a variety of media, exploring the complex relationships between nature and the man-made. Her sculptures, paintings, and mixed media works explore the subject of nature as adversarial or utilitarian through an exciting and welcoming lens.

 

A plush sculpture made to look like a beaver with a Bingo card printed on itBingo I, beaver fur, cotton, graphite and batting

A screen capture of the front page of Belinda Harrow's websiteThe front page of Belinda's website

Belinda’s works often…

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Headlines: France, Malevich and New York

1) Grab a Free Short Story to Fill the Time

 

A photo of a short story vending machine from Short Edition in France

 

French publishing company Short Edition has installed eight short-story vending machines in public locations throughout the city of Grenoble, France. The idea is to encourage people to kill time by reading short literature, rather than constantly checking their phones. Each vending machine dispenses stories in one-minute, three-minute and five-minute length options. The stories are free,…

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Classical Influence: Art by Claudio Parmggiani


An installation consisting of ornate bells and a room filled with sootInstallation in Ex Oratorio di San Lupo, Italy

Claudio Parmiggiani is a mixed media and installation artist whose works present often mundane objects that have been removed from their context and tweaked into a strange, unrecognizable state.

 


An installation consisting of hundreds of loaves of bread cast in ironChi mangia questo pane vivrà in eterno, iron-cast bread loaves

 

Uses interesting materials such as smoke and soot in his wood panel works. The soot is used in much the same manner as charcoal,…

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Adorable Anthropomorphized Foods: Art by Cindy Scaife


A painting of malt vinegar with his wife, fish and children, chipsMalt Vinegar

Cindy Scaife is our featured artist for today! Cindy’s body of personal work frequently revolves around creating images of adorable anthropomorphized foods and placing them in storybook settings – sometimes complete with lines of dialogue similar to what might be seen in a book for young children.

 

A painting of poutine wearing a dress and walking on icePoutine, acrylic on canvas

A screen capture of the True Patriot Grub gallery on Cindy Scaife's websiteCindy's True Patriot Grub painting gallery

I’m really enjoying the illustrative nature of…

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Space and Time: Art by Mariko Mori


A white, twisting sculpture of a shape reminiscent of a Mobius stripEkpyrotic String II, fiberglass

 

Mariko Mori is a Japanese artist who is interested in the cosmos. A number of her works have centered around translating scientific research on physics and space into art.

 

Recent works take the form of fiberglass sculptures that express physical concepts, twisting and bending like the material of space and time. Some are twisted vertically, evoking the shape of DNA helixes, while others circle the…

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Innovative Textile Artwork by Julie McIntyre


An image of a quilt with different photographs sewn into itNeedleworking

Our featured artist today is Julie McIntyre. Julie is a fibre and textile artist who is now based in Vancouver, BC. Julie’s body of work includes printmaking, textiles and combinations of the two. Much of Julie’s innovative textile artwork focuses on memory and her own past experiences – a fitting subject for quilts, often made from old scrap fabrics.  

 

An art piece made with prints and paper sewn together with textAesop's Fables, relief prints, assorted paper and thread

The…

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Chindi Nation: Textile Art by Karenza T. Wall


A blue and orange striped hand-made portfolio bagPortfolio Bag, knitted upholstery cord

Our featured artist today is Karenza T. Wall. This artist specializes in creating one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable and usable textile art. Karenza unofficially calls her body of work Chindi Nation - the Hindi word "chindi" meaning "scraps of fabric". Much of her work is made from various scrap fabric repurposed into something beautiful.

 

A jewelry set consisting of a choker and bracelet made from black fabric and coloured beadsChoker & Bracelet, knitted cotton and wooden beads…

A screen capture of Karenza T. Wall's Chindi Nation art website

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Abstract Explorations by Wayne Pitchko


An abstract painting with orange tones and textured paintScorched Earth

Today we’re featuring the artwork of Wayne Pitchko! Wayne’s abstract explorations appear in a range of different styles,

 

Though he currently lives and works in British Columbia, many of Wayne's landscapes reference the appearance of the sky and prairies of southern Alberta. I’m particularly fond of these landscapes. Overall they are a very cohesive collection of works, with large expanses of colour and distant…

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Producer, Promoter and Writer: Robert Shea


An album cover for Robert Shea's "Logical" with a vinyl record made from branchesLogical album cover

Our featured artist today, Robert Shea, is a producer, promoter and writer who has traveled all over the world honing his craft. Robert’s musical career began in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he hosted college radio programs and got his start DJ-ing at local clubs. He is currently based in Montreal.

 

The cover of the Discotext magazine compilation by Robert SheaThe cover of Discotext Magazine, Robert's self-published compilation of the magazine issues

Robert is an…

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Street-Art Styling: Art by Dominic Laporte


A painting of Action Bronson on an abstracted backgroundAction Bronson, (collaboration with Phil Laporte) mixed media on canvas

Our featured artist today is Dominic Laporte! Dominic grew up and lives in Ottawa, Ontario, where he is completing a degree in illustration from Sheridan College. Artistically, Dominic focuses on portraits and human figures, adding abstracted elements and street-art styling that elevate his illustrations to true expressions of personality.

 

A mixed media illustration of a "movie poster" for Slick Rick's Children's StorySlick Rick's "Children's…

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